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Recalibrating 'arms' control

I can't quite understand why the government is tolerating any argument or debate over the issue of gun control. Anyone who takes the time to read it will realize the Constitution never mentions guns at all. The Second Amendment says the right to bear "arms" shall not be infringed. Arms includes a lot more than guns. It includes artillery, missiles, flame-throwers, grenades — even biological and nuclear weapons. All those things are "arms" by any definition. So there are already many restrictions on all types of arms already in place, and no one complains about them violating the Constitution. So this argument isn't about whether we are going to have any restrictions on guns, or none at all, it's about where we are going to redraw a line that already exists.

And clearly that line needs to be redrawn. There are already types of weapons in circulation that never should have been allowed out there in the first place. The sale of these types of weapons not only needs to be immediately halted, the ones already out there need to be removed. Give people a grace period, but once that's over they need to treat anyone owning one of these weapons as a terrorist and deal with them appropriately. If the survivalists really want to barricade themselves into armed compounds, that would be a good time to demonstrate the futility of trying to wage armed insurrection against a government with the world's most powerful military — on which, ironically, most of these same gun-loving survivalist types voted for all their tax dollars to be spent, rather than spending that money on the health care and social programs that might have prevented the Newtown tragedy from ever happening in the first place.

Until the first group of these armed terrorists finds themselves instantly vaporized by an air-strike that they never even heard coming, I don't think they will really understand that the Second Amendment does absolutely nothing to protect them from a tyrannical government.

William Smith, Baltimore

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